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Have no doubt that soil conservation works. Thanks in large measure to such sound environmental practices, soil erosion on cultivated cropland fell by 45% between 1982 and 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.

The department credits practices including conservation tillage/residue management, conservation crop rotation, terraces and nutrient management. Plus, precision technologies using sensors and other innovative techniques allow producers to reduce environmental impacts. By 2016, 40% of planted corn acreage was managed through such technologies, the USDA says.

Such wise environmental stewardship yields significant benefits for producers and society.

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